Featured Craftsperson: Palo Samko
What sets a woodworker apart from the rest these days? Is it the high-quality of the actual work? The aesthetics? The clever idea behind the design? In some cases, all three, like with Palo Samko, a Brooklyn-based woodworker.
Glancing at his work you can tell he and his work are special; curvy shapes mix with sleek lines, and natural materials come across strong and bold. Looking closer, you notice unusual details: embedded watch and clock parts, butterfly joints and natural splits in the wood.
What sets Palo apart is he uses wood pieces and parts that are normally thrown away because of knots, splits or other imperfections. He works with those imperfections, incorporating joints for extra support or embedded details like we mentioned. In doing so he creates goregeous, one-of-a-kind pieces with a secret: they knew they were destined for the junk yard so they shine just a little bit brighter with their new life.
Check out more of Palo on his website.